HELLO MY LOVELIES!
We are all guilty of losing ourselves in life’s craziness and as a result we neglect the time and effort it takes to stick to a healthy and personal beauty routine. I’ve learned throughout my teens that beauty, to me, is more than just knowing how to shape one’s eyebrows or become a master at contouring and fleeky eyeliner. Beauty to me, is the effort one puts into a daily, weekly and monthly routine to achieve inner and outer confidence (looking as good as you feel) and self-love 😇
Do you remember that scene in Clueless where Cher is brushing her hair on the couch while watching The Ren & Stimpy Show with Josh? He turns to her and asks, “Look, I’m just curious. How many hours a day do you spend grooming yourself?” Well, sometimes I also wonder how many hours a day/week/month/year I spend beautifying. I’m sure if I added up the numbers I would be horrified at the result 😂
Without the luxury of a glam squad on call 24/7 (oh how I’d love to be a Kardashian sometimes) I’ve had to become insanely organised. And I’ve settled into a weekly routine that allows me to get all of my essential grooming done in the most time efficient way. So, if you’re curious about how that works, here’s a look at my weekly beauty schedule… 😊
I wash my face twice a day, once in the morning and once before I go to bed. You don’t need to do more than that because it can actually do the opposite effect and make your face look dried out. I use the Biore Charcoal Cleanser which is a godsend for me, you can buy it *here*! I’ve been using it for a few years now and it never fails to make my face feel 100x fresher than before. I can literally feel how pure and clean my face is, and that is a lovely feeling to wake up and go to bed with!
Refreshing Eye Drops
I use Optrex Refreshing Eye Drops for Tired Eyes, and they refresh, help soothe and revitalise tired and uncomfortable eyes. You can buy it *here*! I tend to use this every morning or after I’ve had a nap haha! A busy work schedule, regular computer use, travelling, centrally heated environments are just some of the things that can take a toll on your eyes, leaving them feeling tired, uncomfortable and sore. This moisture replenishing formula, with natural plant extracts, helps eyes to feel soothed and refreshed. Balanced at the natural pH level of tears and is suitable for everyday use! This is just something that wakes me up, and to be honest, after I’ve had my laser eye surgery, I do sometimes wake up with dry eyes, so the drops definitely help me out each morning!
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is renowned for its powerful, purifying properties. I buy mine from The Body Shop, you can buy it *here*! They claim to “sustainably hand-harvest our Community Trade organic tea tree leaves within 12 hours, so we can bottle our purest, most potent oil. Our iconic Tea Tree Oil is a cult classic, and is great for on the spot application.” I target the oil on my areas of concern, so my dark circles and any spots that come my way, and over a period a time of using this product, you can clearly see that the oil reduces blemishes, basically it works miracles for me!
This is a MUST. I have been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion since my holiday to Tenerife in the summer of 2013, it’s crazy how I remember the specific date, but I haven’t stopped using it since! It feels incredibly rich and luxurious on the skin, and the body lotion provides deep hydration all over. This velvety soft formula absorbs quickly, creating a protective barrier that locks in moisture. I tend to put this on whenever I can, but mostly in the mornings and before bed. You can buy it *here*!
The formula in the lotion contains vitamin E, and vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections on the skin, giving a more even and toned appearance, and I can definitely agree with this!
Quite often, I like to mix the cocoa butter with Bio Oil. Bio Oil is a specialist skincare product that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Its advanced formulation, which contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil, also makes it highly effective for numerous other skin concerns, including aging skin and dehydrated skin. Bio Oil is formualted with the following all-natural ingredients: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil and Chamomile Oil Bio Oil is a non-comedogenic (acnegenic), hypo-allergenic product that is suitable for use by individuals with sensitive skin. Purchase it from *here*!
Now cocoa butter claims to do basically the same thing, however I feel that using Bio-Oil alone makes me skin feel oily and greasy, even when the product claims to not do this, so I add one drop to a pea size amount of cocoa butter and so I have the benefits of both products!
Drink plenty of water. Hydrating your body can help hydrate your hair and skin. I always try to make sure I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and avoid drinks that can dehydrate you like sodas and caffeinated drinks. I have the VOSS glass water bottle, and I carry that around with me and refill it whenever I can! Buy it *here*!
Another way I hydrate myself…
If you’re not already a tea drinker – you should be. Tea is one of the oldest and most natural drinks on the globe, and many are discovering there is a lot more to a cup of tea than you might suppose. This is especially true of green tea, arguably the healthiest variety of the tea industry.
What makes green tea so special? Its many health benefits combined with a mild and delicious flavor have brought green tea almost instant fame over the last few years. As more is learned about the cancer preventative properties and other health aspects of the drink, green tea will continue to be among the world’s healthiest beverages.
There have been studies across the globe that have now provided firm evidence that green tea inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, effectively reducing your risk of certain types of cancer. Green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer. There are claims that green tea can prevent other forms of cancer as well.
Certain elements in green tea have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol, improving the overall cholesterol ratio. Many scientists now believe that the same natural ingredients found in green tea are responsible for the lower instances of heart disease among the French despite their smoking and diets rich in fats. The same is true of the Japanese. There is a very low instance of heart disease in Japan despite seventy-five percent of Japanese males smoking on a regular basis.
Green tea has been shown in various studies to improve calorie burning in a typical diet. It also is becoming a primary ingredient in many skin care products including creams and even deodorants. Drinking green tea improves your teeth as well by reducing and preventing decay. The same property that destroys plaque forming bacteria in your mouth can also prevent food poisoning.
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Honey Face Mask
I apply a honey face mask in the morning! All I do is get a clean makeup brush and apply honey all over my face. That is literally it. Honey is a natural antibacterial, which helps to prevent and fight acne, purifier (gently unclogs pores), and moisturiser (draws moisture into the skin and leaves skin feeling soft). Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe it off. It’s incredibly moisturising and balances all skin types. You can also research and add your own ingredients into this mask, but it’s something really simple and doesn’t require a lot of preparation, so it’s more appealing to me! Buy it *here*!
Aloe Vera Gel
Before I head to bed, I wash my face with my trusty Biore Charcoal Cleanser, and then I apply Aloe Vera all over my face, I literally slather it all over, and once it has dried, it literally feels like nothing is on your skin, This natural antioxidant is packed with a plethora of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes to keep your skin young and glowing. Aloe vera gel also boasts of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a resourceful alternative that suits all skin types. Enjoy the goodness of Aloe Vera and rejuvenate your skin in no time!
Rose Water – On the Eyes
Rose water is often considered a great remedy for reducing dark circles! I spray a mixture of cold milk and rose water on cotton eye-pads and I place it onto my eyes, and then I literally just fall asleep! The only downside to this is the fact that I have to try and find the cotton eye-pads once I wake up haha! You will start to notice a visible change within 3-4 weeks! Buy Rose Water *here*!
Rose Water – On the Face as a Toner
Rose water is incredibly versatile thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and rich content of antioxidants. The water helps soothe your skin, tone it, and keep it moisturised. Its versatility allows it to be combined with various ingredients to suit the needs of each skin type. While most us are aware of the importance of the CTM (cleansing, toning, moisturising) routine, we tend to neglect the toning part. What most people don’t realise is that it is one of the most crucial parts of any skin care routine. Toning helps remove residual dirt and oils, preparing your skin for optimal hydration. Rose water is an excellent toner, thanks to its pH balancing properties. It helps remove oils and dirt from your skin, preparing it for skin treatments that are to follow. Buy Rose Water *here*!
Caring for hair is almost like a full-time job in itself, and it takes a lot of work to prevent breakages and split ends. So I’ll kick off the week with a nourishing coconut oil hair mask and let it soak in overnight. My usual day of the week would be Sunday so my hair would be washed Monday morning and the coconut oil would’ve been left in my hair throughout the night! I’ve been doing this to my hair every week for as long as I can remember! Coconut oil is great for moisture which means it’s a perfect product for your hair, buy it *here*! The coconut oil will restore dry and damaged hair locking in the moisture leaving it silky and soft! To do this, you can use it either like a hair mask or more as a conditioner. For the hair mask, rub some into your hands and start at the ends of your hair making your way up (adding more oil where you need it). Once completing, comb your hair through and put your hair up in either a bun or some plaits. You then leave it in and wash it out. For the conditioner, you can add some to your daily conditioner to boost the moisture and leave it in for 5 minutes. Or replace the conditioner with coconut oil and put it in your hair like you would and then after a couple of minutes wash it out. I have more coconut oil benefits in one of my previous blog posts:
I’ll top up chipped polish or do a quick colour change throughout the week if necessary, but I only give myself a proper manicure (with cuticle care etc) once a week. And it usually falls on an evening whenever I am free to be honest! I start off removing all the previous nail varnish off of my nail (including toes), I then use my Ped Egg Bare Nails: Electronic Nail Care System which is an amazing present I got from Brad’s grandma for Christmas, and I never realised how much I needed it until I got it, so thank you Janet! You can buy it *here*! The product comes with 4 different rollers for 4 different treatment (shape, file, smooth, shine and buff your nails), you can use the rollers to smooth bumps and ridges, remove calluses and dead skin and create a natural shine that lasts up to two weeks. Even without nail polish, Ped Egg Bare Nails leaves your nails looking perfectly polished and naturally beautiful. I then massage into my cuticles and around the nail bed the Avon True Colour Nail Experts Vitamin E Cuticle Cream to gently soften and repair my nails. The cream has conditioning oil with aloe vera and vitamin E for instantly smooth, soft and hydrated cuticles and says to restore dry and ragged cuticles in just 5 days. It also helps protect, cracked, chapped cuticles and the nails appear smoother and more even after application. Buy it *here*! Finally, I apply the True Colour Nail Experts Pearl Shine Nail Enamel on the shade ‘Sheer Love’. This nail varnish leaves my nails with a pearly shine that’s incredibly subtle and pretty. It looks nicer than just wearing clear polish, hence why I use it, it’s simple and elegant! I sometimes use it as a base coat, but I don’t tend to colour my nails as much as I used to, this is definitely my go to product! Buy it *here*!
Another godsend for my skin is the Garnier Pure Active Intensive Exfo-Brusher. It leaves the skin feeling gently and deeply cleansed. It helps protect against blackheads remove dead skin cells and excess sebum.
At the top of the bottle it has 170 Soft Flexi bristles which is designed to gently remove them horrid dead skin cells, and as scary as the bristles may look, there is no discomfort when applied to my skin at all. The actual product contains 2% Purifying Salicylic Acid which is a natural anti-bacterial ingredient which helps to clear pores and protect against spots before they have a chance to invade. It also contains something they have labelled HerbaSoothe which they claim is a “Natural active derived from Blueberries, selected for its caring and soothing properties.”
There are easy to follow instructions on the packaging on how to use the brusher head. After wetting your face you open the brusher head by turning it 180 degrees. Holding it upside down you squeeze the bottle to release the product inside. You then close the brusher head by turning it again and then proceed to apply it to your face in circular motions. Simply rinse your face afterwards and you’re done.
This product does not break me out, which is great, so I can only say positive things about it. My skin wasn’t in a bad state before I started using it, so I’m not going to claim that it has worked miracles on me but it always makes my face feel smoother, cleaner and fresher after I use this. I’ve also noticed that any blackheads are minimised after I use it, but I don’t think this is a long-term solution for the little blighters. The product itself leaves my skin tingly clean in a really good refreshing way, however if the product is overused, then can dry out your skin, hence why I only use it once a week.
Buy it *here*!
Soap & Glory’s cult-classic Sugar Crush Body Scrub fuses freshly-squeezed sweet lime, sparkling lemons, sweet vanilla musk and almond oil, with sea salt, smashed brown sugar, glycerin and macadamia oils to leave your skin feeling smooth, supple, and sexy. It works miracles on dry legs, elbows (really – all over), it’s energising, exhilarating, amazing! You can use the body scrub in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly or monthly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with, I like to do it monthly so then I don’t feel like I’m drying out my body by overusing the product! You can buy it *here*!
I know what you’re thinking – ouch! But I’ve used an epilator to remove hair on my thighs and underarms since I was a teenager, and no longer find it painful. Like waxing, epilation removes hairs from the root, which slows down the re-growth cycle. And, as a result, you’re left with smoother skin and finer hairs. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but if you’re used to waxing you should be fine and will probably find it more cost effective.
Epilating was never something I’d thought about until my friend Alisha suggested it to me. In the past I’d shaved my legs but despised doing it as it was becoming a daily task. Even once I’d shaved I never really felt like my legs were smooth and hair-free. The idea of epilating is horrific… it pretty much looks like a mini lawn mower. It looks like an electric shaver but the wheel spins, plucking the hairs as it goes. If you’ve ever plucked your eyebrows you’ll know how it feels, it’s not painless like shaving. The first time I tried epilating on my legs it was tough as the hairs were stronger and thicker than ever (thanks to my shaving habits). I’m not going to lie it hurt… but distracting myself with keeping some loud music on, it was doable and not too bad. The second time I tried it on my legs it was a lot less painful and as the hair grows back in cycles you don’t have to do your entire leg. You can just epilate the hairs that are showing through and it makes the process a lot quicker and easier.
Now, although this is about epilating, I would like to put out there that I also do wax my WHOLE body, and I only do this when my whole body has fully grown it’s hairs back, however this does get expensive (I get my whole body done for £50), and at times when I can’t particularly afford to do that, I just epilate my arms and legs. But if I had to choose one method of hair removal, it would definitely be waxing. Now you must be thinking I’m crazy, but although it is painful, it’s A LOT faster than epilating, plus I’m not the one doing it, so all I have to do is endure the pain, and I don’t have to worry about anything else. Plus, my hairs take longer to grow back when they’re waxed!
The best time to moisturise your whole body is when you’ve exfoliated and/or removed your body hair! Now obviously I seem to have come up with a whole list of moisturisers in this post, but for this particular part in my routine, I like to use coconut oil as a moisturiser once a month, after I’ve exfoliated and epilated/waxed. I could go on all day about the benefits of coconut oil, so I made a blog post on it which goes into more detail on coconut oil!
Clean Makeup Brushes
I feel ashamed for not making this a priority years ago! But now, I take washing my makeup brushes very seriously. I wash my brushes once a month, and I found this little DIY online, and it’s basically using water, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, shampoo, all ingredients you are more or less likely you would find in your house! Now I have a fair amount of brushes, and this works on all of them!
- Pour 1/4 pint of hot water into a jug!
- Add a little bit of olive oil to this – the olive oil will condition the brushes naturally – however you have to be sure to only add a tiny bit as the brush may end up being greasy!
- Add apple cider vinegar – the apple cider vinegar will kill any bacteria in the brushes from the built up makeup!
- Add shampoo – I prefer to use children’s shampoo because it is nice and gentle on the brushes – but you are welcome to just use the shampoo you currently use!
- Swirl each one of your makeup brushes in the solution and allow it to soak for 15-20 minutes!
- Squeeze out all the solution – you will see all of the build up of makeup come off with the solution!
- I bought a brush egg cleaner from Amazon (you can buy it *here*) and I use this the clean off the solution and I swirl the brush on the egg whilst the tap is running!
- (OPTIONAL) You can use a clean bar of soap to clean, rinse and shape the brush with clean water and allowing it to dry naturally – this is an optional extra step that help to remove excess grease!
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